The biggest raid on hard narcotics in local history leaves 23 persons facing 31 charges — 19 counts for selling or possessing heroin, cocaine or methadone, two for selling LSD, the rest for marijuana or hashish. Seventeen suspects have been taken into custody, with arrests for the remaining six expected within a few days. Most of those facing charges are between 17 and 22 years old; only one is older than 25 – he’s 38.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles remains a whites-only organization after its national convention votes to retain the racial restriction in its membership bylaws, putting the Madison aerie at risk of losing its local liquor license in 1971. That’s the deadline the city council has set for the Eagles, Elks and Moose to remove their white-only clauses, or lose the privilege of selling alcohol. Local Eagles president Dick Hanson doesn’t think much of the council’s mandate – or, apparently, of integration. “I think the whole thing is unconstitutional, telling us how to run our club,” he tells the State Journal. “It’s just like with churches – we have ours, they have theirs. I suppose they will want to come into our churches, too.” Other local Eagle leaders note how quickly the anti-bias move is gaining support — In 1968, the convention voted by 97 percent to retain the white only clause; this year, a full forty percent voted for change — and feel confident the order can meet the council’s deadline.
A new local group does support integration, especially of the all-white Madison Police Department. Members of the Madison Urban League, the local chapter of the NAACP, the League of Women Voters and others have formed Citizens for Civic Peace to support the recent recommendations by the Equal Opportunities Commission, especially the need to hire black officers and provide greater department-wide training in community relations. The new group is led by former EOC Chairperson Mary Louise Symon, and includes attorney Shirley S. Abrahamson, former Ald. and mayoral candidate Toby Reynolds, former Attorney General Bronson La Follette, Mrs. Rebecca Young, Betty and William Bradford Smith, Sue and Jurgen Herbst, and many others. Symon would later serve as the chair of the Dane County Board of Supervisors, the first woman in Wisconsin to chair a county board; Abrahamson would become the first woman to serve as justice and chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court; Young would serve in the State Assembly, Sue Herbst on the county board and Betty Smith on the city council.
The commanding general of the 32nd Infantry Brigade, Brig. Gen. Joseph Stehling, has endorsed his son’s bid to be released from the Army Reserves because he’s now a conscientious objector. Private first class Carl Stehling, who transferred to the UW and joined the Reserves after withdrawing from the West Point Military Academy, says he realized he was a CO when he was called to active duty during the Black Studies Strike on campus in February. “The thing that really made me stop and think,” the former seminary student says in his application, “was that unsheathed bayonets were used to clear the street. I realized it was a case of Americans against Americans, and I was right in the middle of a conflict between my own people.”
Early-morning training flights at Truax Field irritate homeowners living under the approach pattern, Airport superintendent Robert Skuldt says, so he has asked the airlines to end the activity. He’s also worried the training flights will shorten the useful life of the runways. Federal rules prevent the city from ordering the airlines to stop the training flights, but Skuldt thinks they’ll comply anyway. “All of these airlines are very conscious of their public image in Madison,” he says. “I’m sure they’ll cooperate, now that they’ve been advised of the situation.”
But Skuldt is not cooperating, however, with efforts by Madison Housing Authority director Sol Levin to locate a community center on surplus Truax property. Levin wants a community center with social services office, a library branch, classrooms for the Head Start program, and other activities to serve the nearby 156 MHA low-rent housing units. The council has already approved a 3.8 acre site at E. Washington Ave and Wright Street, but Skuldt says the proposal won’t fly with the Federal Aviation Authority. After an hour’s argument between the two men, the city Airport Commission votes to recommend the council reject Levin’s proposal, and schedules a joint meeting with the MHA. Mayor Bill Dyke says city departments need better coordination of their activities.
The private sector doesn’t have such concerns over coordination. Site preparation is well underway for the West Towne shopping center, a 100-acre site, bordered by Gammon and Mineral Point Roads and the West Beltline. The mall, which will contain about 800,000 sf of space, and provide parking for 5,000 cars, is to be completed by next August, with a grand opening October 15.
Monona’s Andy North, 19, wins the state amateur golf championship over Archie Dadian, 36, a former champion and former pro. North, who lost in the finals two years ago, put a high premium on winning at Milwaukee’s Westmoor Country Club this year – the North family is moving to Texas, while Andy attends the University of Florida in Gainsville on an athletic scholarship. This is his last summer living in Wisconsin, at least for a while.
And that’s this week’s Madison in the sixties. For the award-winning WORT news team, I’m Stu Levitan.